A great kick-off to the school year, this event is for our whole community to celebrate PDS school spirit with soccer games, tennis matches, and a Fun Run for our youngest students.
Flik dining services provides food in the campus center, gymateria, and for any events on campus.
Focus is the assembly for Middle School students led by the Head of Middle School on Day 1. Focus Notes, the Middle School newsletter, is a review of the assembly along with a list of important middle school events, and is sent to parents by email.
Each 8th grader prepares a short, personal speech to give to the entire Middle School at the Focus assembly. A rite of passage for Middle Schoolers, speeches run the gamut from funny and quirky stories to poignant family memories.
Fourth Grade Operetta
This is a highlight of the year for 4th grade students. All 4th graders take part in the musical, which is performed for parents in the McAneny Theater in early March. Parents of 4th graders help with costumes, props and scenery.
Located next to the McAneny Theater, this room is used for various events, including meetings, luncheons, and recitals.
The PDS Organic Garden is thriving with plants and vegetables nearly all year, and includes the chicken coop. Garden Coordinator Pam Flory tends the garden and teaches students about planting, caring for, and tasting the organic garden produce. The produce is harvested and integrated by the PDS Chefs into the lunchroom menu. Parents are always invited to help in the garden.
Designed by architect Susan Bristol, this beautiful new structure is a covered extension of the garden and serves as an outdoor classroom with tables, chairs, a chalkboard, and a kitchen.
Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day
See Maypole Day.
This gym is located in the Lower School and is also used by students from PreK to 2nd grade as their cafeteria.
The Halloween parade is a beloved PDS tradition. Middle and Upper School students take part in a costume parade at the front of the school building at 8:00 a.m. Lower School students enjoy classroom parties and then parade through the school hallways where they are cheered on by older students and teachers. In the afternoon, Lower School parents are invited to attend a parade in the gym. (NB: The parades are popular events for parents, too, and the parking lot gets very busy both morning and afternoon.)
This annual family event takes place in October and celebrates the organic garden and the sustainability program at PDS. The event usually includes a trail walk through the gorgeous campus, and a visit to the bees and chickens, followed by the dinner, which is organized by the Upper School EnAct Club students with guidance from the PDS chefs. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and all proceeds support the garden program.
Middle School Homework Club is offered each day from 3:15-6:00 p.m. Quiet study will begin at 3:15. Recess will take place from 4:30 to 5:00 out on the playground or in the MS Boulevard. A quiet study room will be available
for students needing a silent space. Homework Club teachers will be available to answer questions. Advanced sign-up is not required. There is an hourly charge beginning at 3:30.
Imagine the Possibilities
Each spring, acclaimed writers and artists visit PDS for a few days to work directly with students in all divisions. They share their own creative work and serve as mentors to students. Parents have the opportunity to see these inspirational artists in action, too. This annual program is made possible through the John D. Wallace, Jr. '78 Memorial Guest Artist Series Fund.
The hill beyond the Lower School Playground and next to the garden has been converted to a native wildflower meadow to honor PDS graduate and environmental advocate Kristine “Kristy” Anastasio Manning ’81.
The Princeton Day School Senior Yearbook.
Lisa McGraw ’44 Ice Skating Rink
The rink is the venue for our hockey teams and figure skaters. In addition, Parents Association meetings are often held in the Gosnell Room at the Rink. (NB: Lower School and Middle School Students take ice skating in the PE program for a part of the year.)
Lower School Music Room
Located down the stairs from the back entrance of the Lower School (the bus drop-off area), this room is used for Lower School assemblies, meetings, and special events.
Lower School Office
This office is located right inside of the Lower School outdoor amphitheater. The Assistant to the Head of the Lower School, and Head of the Lower School are located here.
The Lower School newsletter, which includes a message from the Head of Lower School, as well as announcements for upcoming events, is sent via email once a week to parents.
Lost and Found
There are several places to look for lost items—in the basement of Lower School, just past the Music Room, in a large box just down the diagonal hallway to the left of the Middle School office, in the boys and girls locker rooms, and at the ice rink.